Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, may be the most traditional of all Canadian cities, at least of those birthed when what was once called the British Empire ruled much of the world.
People still take tea at the majestic Empress Hotel while pondering the lush grounds.
Others–and there are retirees galore–take their walks at a leisurely pace amidst the city’s Victorian architecture and botanical gardens, strolling year-round on streets that mercifully lack snow and ice–a Canadian’s dream come true.
But, as a noted songwriter once noted, “the times are a-changin.”
Take, for example the statue in front of Victoria city hall of one of Canada’s so-called “Fathers of Confederation” and the country’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, a man whose likeness still sits on our ten-dollar bill.
The vote and statue removal was expected to caused much controversy.
By Victoria standards, one could, perhaps, say it did.
There was some talk of “historical vandalism” and “political correctness,” but in the end only about 100 people–on both sides of the issue–took to the streets Saturday.
No doubt lots of op-ed columns will be written, but off the 37-year-old statue went, riding the back of a flat-bed truck, sitting on a wooded palette and covered with foam.
It will remain in storage until a committee decides what to do with it.